The first Eagles player has announced he’ll be opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, newly acquired wideout Marquise Goodwin will be sitting out the 2020 season. Goodwin has a 5-month-old daughter to care for after his wife had three miscarriages, so there’s no surprise as to why he’s opting out.
Howie Roseman traded for the 29-year-old speedster during the 2020 NFL Draft, swapping sixth round picks with the San Francisco 49ers to get him.
Although Goodwin is coming off a season in which he only caught 12 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown, many believed he’d be an asset to the Birds passing game in 2020. His speed was his selling point, and the front office made a concerted effort to add more speed to their wide receiver group this offseason.
Luckily for the Eagles, they acquired a ton of depth through the draft, so losing Goodwin shouldn’t derail the Eagles offense by any means. Aside from first round pick Jalen Reagor — who was already penciled in as a starter — the team also drafted John Hightower and Quez Watkins, both of whom ran sub 4.45 40 yard dashes at the combine.
Both Higtower and Watkins, along with last year’s second round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, will be called upon to help fill the void left by Goodwin this season.